Reporting from the heart of Cascadia


A Dark Enigma

Eve Deisher at MoNA

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Many Pacific Northwest artists and residents knew Eve Deisher during the years she and her husband, sculptor Lanny Bergner, lived in Anacortes. Her colleague at Skagit Valley College, Ann Chadwick Reid, called her an enigma, for her warm encouragement of students and colleagues, even as her work displayed deep psychological pain.

Deisher set out to portray war, exile and injustice combined with her own tormented response. “Indicator,” a retrospective of Deisher’s drawings and…

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Snow School

Making climate science personal

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

On Sept. 20, thousands of people took to our local streets as part of the global Youth Climate Strike.

Though activists continue to provoke thought and inspire action, the scale of the problem can feel daunting. Mt. Baker Snow School provides a local context in which climate science becomes more personal, encouraging a sense of responsibility and hopefulness. By investigating snowpack, watersheds and weather, students understand the problem in a tangible way and progress toward…

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On Stage

The Norman Conquests

A trilogy of farces

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

When a sextet of actors dressed in garb from the 1970s showed up at my house in late September with a photographer, costume designer and a director in tow, I wasn’t quite sure what in the hell was going on.

As a series of scenarios were set up—beginning with a solo scene featuring a bearded guy lurking outside in the herb garden, followed by enigmatic group shots in the dining room, and ending with a hair-pulling scuffle in the living room—I was filled in on the particulars. The six…

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Prescriptions in Prose

Take Daily as Needed

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

When readers are first introduced to Maeve Beaufort, her 14-month-old daughter Noelle is being rushed to the emergency room in an ambulance after the pine nuts in the pesto she was served for dinner caused her face to swell “like rapidly rising dough.”

By the end of Take Daily as Needed: A Novel in Stories, Noelle is an often-surly 14-year-old who has survived a number of allergic reactions, and many of the characters in Bellingham-based author and Western Washington University…

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Stuff the Trunk

Pull over for Meals on Wheels

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

While many people are already compiling extensive lists of menu items they intend to serve for friends and family during Thanksgiving dinner, a number of homebound seniors in Whatcom County are wondering what will be in their larders when winter weather arrives. 

Thanks to a “Stuff the Trunk for Meals on Wheels” event taking place from 10am-2pm Sat., Nov. 16 at the Barkley, Ferndale, Fairhaven, Meridian, and Sehome Haggen stores—and at Dewey Griffin Subaru and the Bellingham Senior…

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Shelter from the Storm

Emergency winter housing for the homeless

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham are coordinating with several nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations to ensure shelter services are available this winter.

During winter months, existing shelter options may reach capacity when weather conditions make it unsafe for people to remain outdoors at night. At those times, there is a need for additional safe, warm spaces for shelter. To add capacity during the winter months, several new resources have been made available…

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Of Rodney and Rundgren

A Skagit sojourn

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Last week, I touched on some of the many events taking place at the Mount Baker Theatre during the days before it becomes Bellingham’s ground zero for holiday happenings.

Not so fast, say Skagit County’s siziest venues. Because the Skagit Casino Resort, McIntyre Hall, and the Lincoln Theatre would like to lure us to points south for entertainment offerings all their own.

I suppose it says something about my age that my main point of reference for Todd Rundgren is the fact that…

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Best of Bellingham 2019
Best Neighborhood


The center of the universe has coasted north over the years of our annual Best of Bellingham reader survey—Columbia and Sunnyland neighborhoods feature a vital mix of charming long-established Craftsman homesteads, innovative businesses and artist studios. They’ve taken their share of infill, proving urban densities can make a city come alive. The city’s bike and pedestrian plans have matured in these neighborhoods. They feel centered. And it is not at all a coincidence that so many winners in our Best of Bellingham survey are located here.

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The Gristle
Of Apples and Barrels

OF APPLES AND BARRELS: A slimmer majority on Whatcom County Council may at last complete their changes to the permit process for major fossil fuel projects at Cherry Point—just in time to see those changes tested as a new major project moves forward.

Late ballot returns pushed the…

Big Money Politics

Choosing between two good candidates or deciding whether or not to support an initiative can be challenging—especially with the avalanche of campaign materials sent to voters as the campaigns come to a close. But who is paying for those campaign materials? That is a question voters should…

Rumor Has It
Of love and loss:

As if the closure of the Conway Muse were not already difficult enough, the Muse community was dealt another hard blow with the Nov. 5 death of longtime bartender Kelly Hayton after a sudden and swift illness.

Hayton is well-known to the Cascadia Weekly and its readership as the winner of…

Lost Causes

Last week, Ted Van Dyk wrote an impassioned defense of George Pickett. Ted, however, needs some fact-checking. 
I don’t take issue with Ted’s explanation of Pickett’s personal history,…

Least of us defines the best of us

Humanitarianism goes on trial this week in Arizona.
On Nov. 12, Dr. Scott Warren, a volunteer medical provider with No More Deaths (NMD), one of several Samaritan groups in the Sonoran Desert…

Anyone remember a United States?

I am reminded of the conversations that occurred shortly after the last presidential election that asked us to look for the commonality that unites us rather than what divides us.
As an open…

Today's Events
Whatcom Food Network's Fall Forum


“Food Processing in Our Region: History, Trends, and Upcoming Innovations” will be the focus os Whatcom Food Network’s Fall Forum taking place from 9am-12:30pm at the Ferndale Pioneer…

Back to the Books


“Back to the Books: Western’s Campus School” will be the subject of discussion at a Museum Advocates presentation at 12pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. Tamara Belts and…

Bellingham at Home Informational Meeting


Find out about membership, services,and volunteer opportunities offered by Bellingham at Home at an informational meeting from 3pm-4pm at the Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck…

My Parents and Me Painting Classes


Laura Parker will teach “My Parents and Me” painting classes from 3pm-5pm Thursday, and 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art, 121 First St. Parents and children…

Classic Italian Dinner


Karina Davidson helms a “Classic Italian Dinner” course from 6:30pm-9pm at the Cordata Community Food Co-op, 315 Westerly Rd. Participants will learn how to make eggplant and crispy chicken…

Boldly Went Live Outdoor Adventure Storytelling Show


Share your adventure stories with outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds at a “Boldly Went: Live Outdoor Adventure Storytelling Show” taking place from 6:30pm-9pm at the Mountain Room at Boundary…

Balkan Folk Dancers


The Balkan Folk Dancers meet from 7-9:30pm Thursdays at the Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St. There is teaching early in the evening, and no experience or partner is necessary as most dances…

Hot Vengeance


Rick E. George, an educator, sportswriter and wildlife firefighter, will read from his new book of fiction, Vengeance Burns Hot, at 7pm at Village Books, 1200 11th St.



Witness a wild re-telling of Moliere’s legendary comedy,  Tartuffe, when Constance Congdon’s translation shows at 7pm Thursday and Friday, and 2pm and 7pm Saturday at Bellingham High School,…

An Evening with Conrad Anker


Attend “An Evening with Conrad Anker” at 7pm at the Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St. The famed rock climber, mountaineer and author is known as a climber’s climber—at home on a…

Pray the Gay Away


The world premiere of Conrad Askland’s new play, Pray the Gay Away, continues this week with performances at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 2pm Sunday in Mount Vernon at the Lincoln…

The Norman Conquests


Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests continues with showings of Living Together, Table Manners, and Round and Round the Garden at 7:30pm Thursday through Sunday at the Sylvia Center for the…

Good, Bad, Ugly


Watch “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at 7:30pm every Thursday at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St. At 9:30pm, stick around for “The Project”—which tonight will feature “Upfront Unplugged…

Jansen Jazz Band


More than 20 local performers will share their talents when the Jansen Jazz Band performs at 7:30pm at Lynden’s Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St. All of the musicians are volunteers—members of…

Interwoven Lives


Local award-winning author Candace Wellman reads from Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities at 7:30pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St. The book…